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Back when Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, and Space Academy were wowing kids of all ages with unheard of special effects for the time, along came Christopher Reeves as Superman! In Superman The Movie, it shows the origins of the Man of Steel and how he came to Earth as a baby and grew up in small town America to move on to Metropolis and finally become Superman! Lex Luthor, played by Gene Hackman, gains nuclear bombs and decides to nuke California! In Superman 2, my personal favorite, 3 villains from Krypton, Superman's home planet which was destroyed and why he was evacuated to Earth, escape from the Phantom Zone, a Kryptonian interdimensional type of prison/jail and Superman must fight them to the death! All 3 have the same abilities as Superman and with Lex Luthor at their side, it turns into one of the best superhero fights in movie history! In Superman 3, get out the laugh meter as Richard Pryor guest stars as a funny yet dangerous computer expert that designs a supercomputer that gives AI a whole new meaning. A rather murderous meaning. No Brainiac included but probably not needed. In Superman 4, we get to see one of the few times when Superman is nearly and permanently defeated by an opponent. Lex Luthor uses DNA research to create a form of Superman of his own and picks a fight with Superman. The results are shocking! Definitely a close fight! Looking past the third movie, this is a good collection for people who like superhero action, especially movie 2 and most of movie 4. All are rated PG for minor violence, language, and innuendo.
I recieved the DVD of the 4 films of Superman starring Christopher Reeves and it was in good condition, I received it on time and I gave it as a gift to my grandson so we could watch it together. These superman films, in my opinion are the best supermans especially for children. They don't have a darkness, wicked and depressing tone to them. I believe that Christopher Reeves is the best superman, his portrayal of the bumbling Clark Kent is natural. The dynamic portrayal of Superman is powerful and captivating. His voice is gentle and sincere, when he is on the screen no one is watching anyone else but him. So parents and children alike enjoy watching him play out the adventures of good vs bad (evil) through all 4 films. My grandson is almost 3 and there are a few scenes where I sped up the film, he is not mature for some scenes. Since my grandson has seen superman, he wants to do good and help people. He even wears a little superman shirt to daycare. He is helping the kids at daycare when they drop their toys, or need help in anyway. Before this film, he didn't know the difference of good and bad (evil). The behavior of the bad guys, Lex Luthor and his group, my grandson knows now "not" to take things from other people, not to go with bad people, and not to hurt people. So my family enjoyed these 4 films.
Before I get into the films, I must say that I'm really not a big Superman fan. Not of the comics, other live action versions, cartoons, toys, videos games, and etc. I've never gotten into them and probably never will. All I know is enough of his origins, his background, and characteristics to say that he's an okay superhero. I DO however think that Christopher Reeve was an excellent actor and in my opinion, he IS Superman! He's what made Superman cool in my opinion. If it wasn't for Christopher Reeve playing the hero, I wouldn't even like Superman. I only like these 4 films and Superman because of Christopher Reeve. When I watch these films, I don't think of any version of Superman, except the one I see on the screen. All I think about is the fact that here's a great actor making a hero I normally wouldn't think is awesome, into an awesome and a very likable hero. Christopher Reeve plays the part perfectly. He was dedicated to the role, he has the perfect skills to play the perfect Clark Kent and Superman and the difference between them, he has the perfect look, and attitude in general. The plots of the movies and his performance mix together flawlessly. So I only like this version of Superman, no more, no less. So now that that's done, into the dvd set. This is a 2 disc set. Disc 1 is two sided with the first two films with some extra features and disc 2 is another two sided dvd disc with movies 3 and 4 and again with some extra stuff. The special effects were fantastic for their time and still hold up great even for todays standards, the music is great, the action is awesome, and the actors make it happen. It's almost like a separate Superman franchise in itself. If you like Christopher Reeve and Superman, just Superman, or if you're like me and you're not a Superman fan, but like Christopher Reeve, I very much recommend these 4 films. Even with the negative reviews about movies 3 and 4, I still say that in my opinion, compared to EVERYTHING else that is Superman related that Christopher Reeve is not involved in, movies 3 and 4 are superb. Thanks for reading.
I used this product for my DVD player. What I like about this DVD is that it has the four Superman movies starting with 1978 Superman Original and the other three Superman movies during the following years later. The picture and audio quality is great.
My husband is a Superman fan, and his mother bought him this set for the holidays. We've watched 3 out of 4 of the movies so far, and while the plot gets progressively worse and the special effects are awful, they are must-have Superman classics that were made 30 years ago.
I then bought this for my difficult-to-shop-for father and he was happy and excited to receive this. He didn't have all of these movies, and the ones he had, he didn't have them on DVD (only on VHS), so now he can watch them all.
My husband and father were both happy with this DVD set, so I would recommend this as a perfect guy-gift. (Not to mention the really great price and free great shipping).
If for no other reason, it's fun to watch these movies and laugh at the appalling, overly abundant greenscreen/bluescreen usage (with the wire used for flying often visible), terrible graphics, groan-worthy plot-lines, and the awful racial stereotypes (particularly in the 3rd movie). Oh, the 80's...